Arts calendar for July 26, 2013

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 05:42 PM

The first annual Lenoir Summer Sing will take place Friday, July 26, at the Grace Place Community Church at 220 Joyceton Church Road in Lenoir. Noah’s Faith, a male trio from Mount Airy that was nominated for eight Southern Gospel Music Fan Awards this year, and New Vision, a mixed trio from Bellview, Ohio, that was nominated for two awards this year, will begin performing at 7 p.m. Doors for the event will open at 6. For more information on the event, call 704-881-0395.

Hickory Choral Society will hold auditions for the 2013-2014 season on Sunday, July 28. Openings are available for Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, and Basses. If you are interested, call the Hickory Choral Society office at 322-2210 to set up an audition time. The Hickory Choral Society season runs from mid-August through early April; regular rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The all-volunteer group, made up of 110 singers from Catawba and surrounding counties, is knownfor its annual Christmas Concerts at Corinth Reformed Church in Hickory and for performances with the North Carolina Symphony; a concert at Lincoln Center in New York; and a trip that included concerts in Portsmouth and London, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Aug. 7 is the deadline for children ages 7 to 16 to register for Caldwell JAM Camp, a summer camp offering a chance to pick up a tune or two in old-time and traditional music and play at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention, the first time a JAM Camp will be tied into the convention. Caldwell JAM Camp will be held Aug. 14-16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in downtown Lenoir, and on Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention. Students will perform what they learn on stage at the festival. Classes will be taught in fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin (based on interest). Students must provide their own instruments (guitar and fiddle rental instruments will be available with $25 cash deposit). The cost is $25, plus $10 registration fee (plus rental instrument fees if needed). Scholarships are available – please inquire. Students must be accompanied by paying adult to the last day of camp (Aug. 31 at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention). For more information, please contact Adrienne Roellgen at the Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486 or visit For more information about the JAM program, visit For more information about Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention, visit

The 8th Regiment Civil War Band comes to Newton on Aug. 10 to play patriotic music of the 19th century in a concert in honor of Soldiers Reunion. The band is a recreation of a 19th-century brass band. Using mostly 19th century instruments, including an 1840s bass drum, band members dress in period uniforms or civilian clothing and play arrangements from the band books of that period, making every effort to give audiences as rich of a historical experience as they can. The event will be at the Newton Conover Auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m. A reception hosted by the Catawba County Historical Association after the performance will allow people to meet and talk with members of the band. Tickets are $10 a person and can be purchased at the Catawba County Museum of History.

There are only a few spots left for an art tour of Turkey and Greece with Appalachian State University art professor Lillian Nave Goudas, May 21-June 1, 2014. The group will journey to the ancient sites of Turkey and Greece with a group of mature, fit adults, starting in Istanbul with the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar, then see Gallipoli, Ephesus, and the ancient cities of Troy and Pergamon. Then a three-day cruise goes to Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini and then to Athens for the Acropolis and mountain monasteries in Meteora. Email Goudas at or for more details or see

Tucker’s Gallery, an outdoor sculpture gallery in downtown Lenoir, is seeking sculpture artists to feature. Artists interested in being considered should send photos of up to six pieces to Artists selected to exhibit will be guaranteed a one-year contract in the gallery. All works must be suitable for outdoor display, and there are some guidelines for the pieces. The gallery takes a 30 percent commission and provides a small stipend for delivery of the work. For more information on Tucker’s Gallery visit or call 828-754-2486.

ARTIST CALL ongoing for Aug. 15 and Sept. 19 events – artists, crafters, musicians invited to participate in Lenoir Alive Art Walk, Downtown Lenoir, 6-8 p.m. on the Third Thursday each month. For more details, contact Chris Zalensky at

Through July 31 (Wednesdays), 6-9 p.m. – Introduction to Hand Building with Evelyn Arnold at CVCC potters workshop, 5845 Walnut Grove Lane in Mountain View area of Hickory. Call 828-327-7000 or visit to register.

Through Aug. 1 (Thursdays), 6-9 p.m. – Pottery Basics and Beyond with Evelyn Arnold at CVCC potters workshop, 5845 Walnut Grove Lane in Mountain View area of Hickory. Call 828-327-7000 or visit to register.

Through Aug. 3 – ASU’s Turchin Center presents three new exhibits: “Negotiation of the Secret Society Cloth-An Exploration of Ukara,” “Victor Ekpuk-Drawing Memories,” and “BFA Senior Studio Exhibition.” Open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday noon-8 p.m. 828-262-3017 or

Through Aug. 20, the annual Artists in Residence exhibits at Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock features works by Anne Welch of Lenoir. Edgewood Cottage is at the corner of South Main and Chestnut streets in Blowing Rock. The hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is closed on Wednesdays.

Artist call for ArtFEST on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Newton. ArtFEST will feature local artists demonstrating their craft, a sidewalk chalk art contest, a free children’s activity tent, live music, food vendors and a merchant art crawl. There is no fee for artists to set up a booth if the artists demonstrates their craft. For more information, contact Jessica Setzer 828-578-0127 or

Caldwell Memorial Hospital’s Art-in-Healing Gallery will feature cut paper and mixed media artwork by Salisbury artist Ingrid A. Erickson through Sept. 27. This gallery is inside the Mulberry Street entrance to Caldwell Memorial Hospital and is open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

ARTIST CALL, no deadline for September event - The Bethlehem Community Development Association is now accepting arts/crafts vendor applications for the fourth annual Bethlehem Day & Classic Car Show to be held Sept. 28 at the Lowes Foods Business District at Bethlehem Crossroads in Alexander County. Food and vendor applications are $20. For more information regarding food Vendors contact Terry Riardon at 828-896-9223 or and for craft vendors contact Bud Caywood at 828-495-1057. All applications are available at or can be requested at

Tuesdays in August (August 6, 13, 20, 27), 6-7:30 p.m. - Kaye Warren will teach Beginning Sewing at the Crow’s Nest Antique Mall & Emporium (corner of Mulberry and West downtown). $30 for 4 sessions or 6 hours of instruction; take home a usable, personalized item when you finish this simple, beginning class. Basic supplies, pattern and instruction are included. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council required; call 828-754-2486.

August 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – HandMade In America presents “Social Media For Beginners” at the Caldwell Arts Council – Do you know what Facebook is or how to tag a photo in Pintrest? If you are just starting out in social media, come find out the basic tricks to make it work for your creative business. Please bring a laptop if you have one. Free to members of the Caldwell Arts Council; $20 for others. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council required; call 828-754-2486.

August 17, 9 a.m.-noon – Dawn Mathews will teach a second class in The Art of Cheese Making – students will make chevre and mozzarella from goat milk & take home cheese. $35/person all inclusive. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council required; call 828-754-2486.

August 24, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Photography Workshop with Sol Levine at the Caldwell Arts Council – f-stop? Shutter speed? Film or digital? Manual or automatic? Printing a photography? Wide angle versus macro versus telephoto? Your questions will all be answered during this workshop. $45/person. Registration and prepayment to the Caldwell Arts Council required. Call 828-754-2486.